tv The Lead With Jake Tapper CNN July 18, 2013 1:00pm-2:01pm PDT
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and he claimed alleged mobster whitey bulger took his store from him at gun point. he had to wait decades to confront him and now that potential witness has turned up dead. >> good afternoon, everyone. i'm jake tapper. welcome to "the lead." before george zimmerman was found not guilty of killing trayvon martin, president obama had this to say to martin's parents in the rose garden. >> if i had a son, it would look like trayvon. i think they are right to expect that all us as americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened. >> zimmerman's attorneys would say we have gotten to the bottom of what happened. whatever you may personally believe, a jury has spoken. the president hasn't, not since
zimmerman walked away without his ankle bracelet. he did release a statement saying i now ask every american to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. for many of those who think this was a miscarriage of justice, that was not enough. today trayvon martin's mother made an appeal for the president to get directly involved in an interview with cbs news. >> what would you like, if anything, for president obama to do? >> that's pretty tough. to say the least, at least investigate what happened, at least go through it with a fine tooth comb and just make sure all the ts were crossed and all the is were dotted because this
is sending a terrible message. it's sending out a terrible message. >> what account president realistically actually do? and why have we not heard from him directly besides a paper statement four days ago? is it even his place to get involved here? joining me now is the reverend jesse jackson. founder of the rainbow coalition. you heard trayvon martin's most. what do you want president obama do now? >> well, he -- as the heat keeps rise og on this crisis, trayvon is a symbol of a deeper malady. and at some point eisenhower had
to stop in on civil rights. at some point the president has to step in and offer what he can offer. i think the heat will continue to rise. >> what will you do if the department of justice decides not to file charges against george zimmerman as you and the naacp and others have called on the justice department to do? would what you do then? would there be some action? >> we think that the department of justice does have an action that it should pursue. a, i think there will be a civil suit filed. no doubt the question, the inclination to boycott florida, to stop conventions, isolate florida as a kind of apartheid state given this whole stand your ground laws. homicides against blacks have tripled since this law has been in existence. now more homicides and more guns make us less secure. i hope all actions remain disciplined, dignified and non-violent. if they ever become violent, it shifts the sympathy to vtrayvon
who deserves it, to zimmerman, who does not. >> the tampa bay times did an investigation. over 200 stand your ground cases in florida. they found whites who invoked the law were charged at the same rate at blacks and 66% of blacks, like defendants who used stand your ground, went free. i guess my question is is it necessarily a racially discriminatory law if according to this study, at least, it seems to be being implemented fairly? >> whether it's white or black or black or white, the law is deceptive. the murderer in in sanford walks away free. the woman who did not hurt anybody in jacksonville, florida, marissa alexander, she faces 20 years in jail. it leaves lots of rooms for discretion. and at best it's provocative. there have been a triple
increase in these shootings since this law has been in effect. >> there was a comment by president jimmy carter when he was asked in a local atlanta tv interview about the zimmerman case. i want to play what he had to say when asked specifically about the zimmerman verdict. >> i think that the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by zimmerman, that he was not at all defending himself and so forth. it's not a moral question, it was a legal question. >> reverend jackson, i imagine that you consider president carter an ally on a lot of these issues. >> allies can reasonably disagree. i think the prosecution tried to avoid the issue of race, three white male prosecutors, an
all-white jury, female, without a man on the jury. i think those were stacked. the jury did not represent peers. and in the meeting, they did not discuss race at all and the whole world new race was a driving factor. and the second part is by being insensitive to it, they identified culturally with zimmerman. as in saying zimmerman had to do something. well, the something was why would he have to profile him, racially profile him? how would he have to pursue him? why did he object when told me should not pursue him? a man with a gun chasing the boy home. he assumed the boy didn't belong. after he murdered him, the police came, he gave them the gun and walked away for 44 days and now he has the gun back in the holster again. it just does not pass the smell
test of fairness. >> you made a lot of comments there that many people might take issue with in terms of the facts of the case. as always, reverend jackson, thank you for your time. >> thank you, sir. >> and an all-new interview with anderson tonight with trayvon's parents. >> plus, you'll have a hard time contesting a ticket if you're caught on cameras, unless you have one of these stealth license plates. but there's only one way to get one and avoid the ticket. stay with us. "i'm part of an american success story," "that starts with one of the world's most advanced distribution systems," "and one of the most efficient trucking networks," "with safe, experienced drivers." "we work directly with manufacturers," "eliminating costly markups,"
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their supporters, who believe justice has yet to be served. this map shows the more than 100 cities and dozens of states where protesters will take to the streets this weekend. this morning on cnn's "new day," an attorney for the martin family also talked about the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against zimmerman. >> the verdict just came down. so you don't just go straight from a verdict to suing monday morning. that's not quite how we operate. we'll sit back and analyze george zimmerman and determine when, how we should do it and then at the appropriate time, we will engage. >> we're joined by david webb, host of the david webb show and political analyst cornell
bellshire. how long do you think the movement will spur any kind of action on this? >> most of those places on the map looked like battle ground states. i know people want a court solution to this. i think it's much better to sort of take a card from what the tea party did. they put political pressure on the powers that be to get the jand to change. we have to do the same things at this drive, have a hoodie registration drive. put political pressure on the leaders at the strous level. -- statehouse level. >> david, do you think these protesters are running off raw emotions but that inevitably people move on or do you think
like the tea party movement there's something more here? >> i think it's fair to say this will continue but it's more about how effective you can be. cornell has a point that it does work in america if you get into certain districts. you can pressure elected officials by rallying, by taking action. he's right, that was the success of the tea party, that we were out there and we were continuing on kitchen table issues. this issue, however, i think fades and the reason it fades over time is the high burden that's needed for a federal civil rights trial can't be met or likely can't be met by this department of justice when you consider that florida, they could have charged under florida law and they didn't, the fbi se investigated, they said there was no evidence of this. in the long run, while this will play out and it's the right of people to organize and hold vigils, nobody should begrudge
grieving parents the death of their child. >> cornell, i wonder if you have any concerns because it sounds to me like you share the skepticism i've heard from a lot of experts that there really isn't a civil rights case that can be brought with any hope of winning. you can file any charge but i wonder if you're worried about people like reverend sharpton and others getting people's hopes up that, this was a realistic idea when so many legal experts say channel your energy towards getting rid of stand your ground laws, channel your energy towards state races or whatever, but the civil rights charge from the justice department probably will not happen. >> i don't think it's an either/or prospect. i think you have to do both. you look at the department of justice, they are pursuing this. by the way, i push back on the all the people that want the president to weigh on this. he's is the president of the united states. his justice department is looking into this. it would be unprofessional for the president to weigh in on the
personal matter. >> he weighed in on the henry lewis gates -- >> and he caught a whole lot of heck for it. >> i want to play one bit of sound. trayvon martin's parents did their first round of interviews since the verdict. as i said, i want to play some sound of tracy martin, something he said on the "today" show about the role that he thinks race plays in this case. >> was he racially profiled? i think that if trayvon had been white, this wouldn't have never happened. so obviously race is playing some type of role. >> david, your response to that because obviously that's the opposite of what the juror told anderson cooper. >> and it wasn't argued on the basis of race. again, this was an argument or a prosecution that defends over was this a justifiable shooting or not. also the numbers back it up when you add significant or a number of incidents involving black youth. did he profile him as black?
none of us will never over 100%. that is a fair statement. while people will have their feelings, he profiled an image of some kind. likely can you profits black? i don't think you can. when you go back to what the reverend jackson said earlier in your segment at the start of the show, how do you take that kind of rhetoric, which is, frankly, disingenuous in part because you cited the facts, you can't strike back against the facts. and that gins up negative. a lot of people have been reasonable about what do we do going forward? do we work in the community to education all members in the community on how they should act, know each other, react to a neighborhood watch, what a neighborhood watch should be, have a review of stand your ground, when i was started last year in florida, look at it from those aspects and look towards future solutions, not just rallies, ginned up ideas. >> cornell, i want to give you the last word.
>> i hope we don't shut down this conversation about race. too often it gets hot and conversations get shut down and we are literally having children die because we can't bridge this racial divide gap. >> we should keep talking about it and we will certainly on the lead here. thank you so much for joining us. we appreciate it. >> coming up, he was once on the witness list to testify against the notorious crime boss and then surprise, surprise, he's gone. this is no hollywood script. it might just be the latest turn in the trial of james "whitey" bulger. and it new york city ready to forgive eliot spitzer? i will ask him about his bid for redemption live when "the lead" continues. in cities like charlotte,ing. atlanta, and chicago, we're revving people up to take a lap around the legendary nascar race track with drivers from the coca-cola racing family. coca-coca family track walks give thousands of race fans
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this is cnn breaking news. individuals go ba individuals go bankrupt and businesses but cities? the motor city just filed for bankruptcy moments ago. how does bankruptcy work for an entire city? >> it has to be approved by a judge, a chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. this is enormous. this is the largest municipality ever in the history of this country to file for bankruptcy. i just got off the phone with the press secretary for kevin orr, who is the financial emergency manager in detroit. he ostensibly took control of the city back in march when the
governor of michigan put him in charge and bill told me at 4:06 p.m. today the governor along with the emergency manager of detroit filed officially for chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. this is a little sooner than we expected. we were hearing rumblings it could happen tomorrow but it came today. in is a city that is $18 billion in debt, has been decades in the making. why did this happen? the population has been declining. 1.5 million in 1950 to 700,000 today, fewer people a paying taxes, the downfall of the auto industry, corruption in government, so many things have added up to this. what this is going to mean now is if they are approved and have an exit from bankruptcy, it gives them the power to pay their creditors back a lot less, to cut down pension and health care benefits for city workers. so it's going to hurt but it
also means that detroit can eventually, the hope is, get back on their feet, jake. >> thank you so much. an astounding turn of events in detroit, declaring bankruptcy. >> time for our buried lead. he waited decades to face whitey bulger on the witness stand but he won't get a chance. but he won't get a chance. jacques' dead body was discovered by a jogger yesterday in lincoln, massachusetts. he claimed bulger extorted him in front of his liquor store, pulling a gun on him in front of his children. what do we know about the circumstances surrounding rake's rather suspicious death? >> the timing of this is hard to
believe with everything going on in this trial. what we know is what you've summed up, a jogger in lincoln, massachusetts, about 30 or miles or so from where stephen rakes live, a jogger goes by and see as body and calls in police. those are the circumstances. now, on tuesday of this week, rakes had learned that he was no longer going to testify for the prosecution. so the natural question is what went wrong? everyone says he was in good health. so was something else at play here? that's what everyone wants to know, jake. and that's what authorities are looking into. >> do we know why he was dropped from the witness list? >> yeah, what we're hearing is this -- he was going to testify for the government to say that whitey bulger had stolen his liquor store and made it his headquarters. and this is what rakes was going to talk about. however, another key government witness before now had testified
to something that might have differed from that. so the question became is it possible that rakes' testimony would wind up in some way undermining the government's case? so that could have been a reason, many of us are saying, that he was dropped from the list but nothing official has been said because of of the gag order. but it may simply have been the government didn't need to take that risk. everyone who knew stephen rakes said he wanted to take the stand, he was in good health, he was pretty much looking forward to this, so all this makes no sense to them. >> very, very confounding. thank you so much, susan candiotti in boston. >> coming up, she was the sheriff of wall street until his career and personal life went off the rails. are new yorkers ready to forgive eliot spitzer? i'll ask eliot spitzer about it coming up next.
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he's known as the sheriff of wall street and then we knew him as client number nine. no eliot spitzer wants to be the comeback kid and he's not the only one looking for redemption in gotham. eliot spitzer wants you to think of his as a redemption story. >> i would like to serve again. if you wish me to be there, i would be honored to have your vote. >> he stunned new yorkers last week by announcing his run for city comptroller. now he's shocking sceptics by rocketing to the lead in that race. >> for all new yorkers and those who believe in the stand i served for, i apologize. i disappointed and failed to live up to the standard i made for myself. >> his name surfaced in court documents as client number nine in a high-priced prostitution
service. in one instance, he hired a 22-year-old call girl for a meet-up at washington's mayflower hotel. >> i must dedicate time to my family. >> and quickly a move toward rehabilitation to the airwaves. here on cnn and then on current. his path back to the lime light draws comparisons with other politicians felled by scandal, such as south carolina governor, now congressman mark sanford. and the new york mayoral hopeful anthony weiner. like weiner, spitzer has been deluged by media attention and he's using that to highlight his record having battled wall street interests as governor.
before he was known as an aggressive attorney general. polls show that approach may be working. polls show spitzer leading scott string are by 15 points. the primary is in september. >> and the author of identify protecting capitalism case by case," eliot spitzer joins me now. i want to start become in a 2008. what you did was incredibly reckless and more importantly, very illegal, a class e felony, paying for sex, a law you signed. when was the last time you broke that law? 2008? >> that is correct. as an appropriate introduction made clear, i have spent five years doing many different things, not just hosting here at cnn, i was teaching, growing a family business.
it has been a five-year stretch during which time i have thought, reflected and tried to think through and assess my desire for public service and it has taken me to where i am today, running for office. >> but you have not broken that law since 2008? >> that's correct. >> you were once called -- you once called human trafficking modern dl modern day slavery. one thing that a lot of people took offense, you never faced charges. and from the madam, i spent five months at riker's island. what do you say to her? >> the decision was made based upon the standards set by the department of justice and made by the u.s. attorney's office. they looked at the office and dealt with me the way they dealt
with everyone else in my situation. >> you really think that? >> absolutely. >> i mean, when you went after wall street titans, you painted yourself as fighting for the little guy. a lot of people ght think, look, you're somebody with money, you're somebody with power and this is a perfect example of how people like you don't end up doing the time the way the average person does. >> i've made it over the five years i've made it very careful i'm not going to quibble. i've done the appropriate thing and i looked in the blook eye and said i take responsibility and i resigned. the one judgment i had the opportunity to make was to say to the public i should not have done this and i resigned. it may seem hard to make sense out of, i'm proud we did sign
that human trafficking law, it is the right thing to do, it's something i believed in then, believe in now -- >> even though you violated it? >> that's correct. and, jake, there's no question that law deserves to be there and it was the right thing to push and we did that. >> so as comptroller, you would be the chief financial officer of new york city. you told chris hayes that your business partners would be compromised if you released your full tax returns. i know you've released some partial tax returns. don't voters deserve to know about any potential conflicts of interest? >> they know of all the conflicts. i filed and made public my tax returns. not all the schedules that would reveal what is deemed to be private data about the individual partnerships but unlike others who have not revealed their tax returns, i revealed not only what i earned, i paid 49% of my income in taxes last year, 49%.
as opposed to others who had offshore accounts and other situations, i paid 49% last year, 39.5% the year before. my income and the 1040s have been released. >> i think the question is about who you do business with that you told chris hayes you'd be embarrassed about them coming forward. >> jake, somebody didn't give you accurate information. the conflict of interest board has all of that information. >> then the public has access to the conflict of interest board? >> we e-mailed it to every journalist who was interested. they know what i earned, the source of every penny. the question people were asking me yesterday was not why didn't you reveal more, it was who is your accountant? you should fire him. it's 49%. >> it's a lot of money. new york city taxes. >> it was federal, a lot of federal. let me be clear, i never hesitate to pay my taxes and we
don't play games to reduce them. i've never done it, i never will. my idea is funding the education, the infrastructure, that is what taxes -- oliver wendell holmes said taxes are the price of a civilized society. doesn't mean they should be going up but if they're used for appropriate purposes, i'm happy to pay them. >> the "new york times" reports you and your wife still live in separate apartments. you've slapped down any rumors of divorce and you say she's supportive of your run if you win and you're ahead in the polls, can we expect to see her by your side on election night? >> i haven't been thinking about election night. i've been thinking about tomorrow, i've been thinking about a long road between here and there but let me answer your question so you don't think i'm trying to avoid it. my family is supportive. i expect the family will be out there, she signed a petition, gathered a petition and i'm proud of that but i also have
said our private lives are our private lives and i think i've answered all your questions appropriately asked and i will do my best to be fullsome in those answers but certain things are private. >> do you think it's name recognition? do you think people are willing to forgive this tremendous scandal or do you think there's something more to this than that? >> first i'm not going to try to play political pundit and figure out why. >> you were a pundit hoere on cn for a long time. >> that's true. i'll put on my anchor hat. and give you my best answer. first, in terms of redemption and forgiveness, yes, the public is forgiven. that's an remarkable quality in the american public? whether that will extend to me is an open question. i will not know the answer to that until september 10, the date of the primary. i think the public does also
recall the entirety of my public record is attorney general is of prosecutor of organized crime cases and your prior story about the witness disappearing brings back memories of crisis moments in the courtroom when you worry about those things. the totality of my record is one of service and independence and i think the comptrollecomptroll office, you need understanding of the capital mark tets and th i've run a family business, i hope that's the case, i will continue to make my case and hope that the public extends its votes and the last point on that i would say whether i was a prosecutor in front of a jury or a politician seeking votes, i have always respected the public's verdict. it is amazing. juries, the electorate, we tend basically to get it right.
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welcome back to "the lead." it's time for the money lead. tonight president obama heralded part of his health care law, known as obama care. he's still trying to sell it to lawmakers. the white house's struggles go way beyond bad myseessaging and republican constructionism. the because said it was delaying by a full year until 2015 a key part of the bill requiring larger employers to provide full-time employees were health insurance. some businesses say whether it's delayed or not, that requirement will cause them to fire employees or reduce their hours. to many americans that's a terrifying thought in a fragile
economy. >> market forces are pushing costs down. >> so box under foot, president obama today touted the benefits of obama care yet again. >> affordable health care is not some privilege just for the few. it's a basic right that everybody should be able to enjoy. >> he surrounded himself with those he sid would benefit from the bill, specifically from a provision requiring insurance companies that spent less than 80% of their premiums on health care to send back rebates to consumers and companies. the white house says $5 million in rebates are being sent out this year. one recipient, small business owner rick shul of arlington, virginia. he said obama care helped him get health care at an affordable cost and now he pays his lower premiums with help from rebate checks. >> i never expected we'd see the
money. >> the one person not in the office today, the ceo of jancoa. she shared her grievances with congress last july. >> in will destroy the quality of life we helped our employees to achieve. >> miller says she faces this choice, $1.4 million for employee health care, more than half a million dollars in fines for not buying them health care, or cutting hours for employees so that they're no longer full time and thus not required to be insured. >> i'm going to be out of business and that's not okay with me. i have 340 employees and their families depend on that. >> a recent small business survey by the u.s. chamber of commerce which fought against obama care suggests the mandate
will reach dues hiring. 50% say they will cut back on employee hours or replace staff with part-time employees. 24% say they will reduce hiring all together. >> when employees work part time, they only show up part time, you never know when to depend on them and their quality of life is diminished because people are having to work two to three jobs to make ends meet. >> the obama administration announced it was delaying until 2015 the requirement that larger employers buy insurance for their employees. >> the foot has been taken off of my throat for the moment. >> despite the setbacks, obama's promises have resonated with people like shewell. >> i think over time it will cost less than some are expecting. >> for others, like miller, who will be bearing the cost of the law, the threat remains the cost will trickle down to her and her
employees. >> i can't even say out loud what the worst case scenario can be for businesses like mine. >> on october 1st the consumers will be able to go online and compare private health plans on new online sites. then there's this: >> state officials in new york announced average premiums for consumers that buy insurance in their new marketplace will be at least 50% lower next year than they are today. think about that. 50% lower. >> coming up on "the lead," from the networks to netflix, history was just made at the emmys, but can you win a television award if you're not even a television network?
welcome back to "the lead." it's time for our pop culture lead. we've made it fairly obvious my staff and i are addicted to television. our eyes were dreamed to the television morning as they announced the emmy nominations. the headlines -- netflix is now in the awards business. their original program "house of cards" picked up nine, including best drama. netflix picked up a total of 14 nominations. is this a big deal? it's a big deal for me.
it's ask kristy gross. she joins me now from los angeles. thanks for being here. we appreciate it. >> thank you. thank you. >> when you heard netflix got 14 nominations, what was your take? is this a big deal or my staff and i are we just tv nerds who are overreacting? >> i think it's a big deal because this is netflix's first foray at the emmy with their original content. it is a big deal for them. i think they have a great show and that it's something that people connected with and it's worthy of emmy consideration. and voters showed that by giving it these nominations. >> and i think it's fairly remarkable that none of the best drama nominations went to network programs. >> this is actually the second year in a row that happened. they're still in the comedy game. but, yeah, they're not in the
drama game right now. >> interesting. do you think that we will see in the coming years as other companies try to get in the original content business, we've covered a lot of this on our show, including amazon, coming up with sitcoms, one directed and written by gary trud doueau you think we'll see amazon, hulu and others in the coming years? >> yeah, you could see that depending on the quality of their content. it's absolutely a possibility. i think the tv academy voters have shown they're platform agnostic and they're not just considering the programming that comes from the major networks. >> moving off netflix, what were the big snubs and surprises for you as somebody who watches this so closely? >> well, i happen to be a big "americans" fan. i was pretty upset that kerrey
russell didn't get an acting nomination. and john crier didn't even get a nomination this time around. >> and this year, even though i thought -- of course i'm biased but i thought it was a pretty -- they didn't get any writing nominations. >> no, and they've gotten multiple nominations, kind of like the days of the "sopranos" when they dominated the writing series. but nothing for writing or costuming, which outraged a lot of people as well. >> including me, i'm outraged. thank you so much for joining us, i appreciate it. >> you ever see that flash go off at a red late and say, "aw, ticket, i wish i was invisible!"
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